Diary of a Creative Producer

05. 10. 2018

Meet the Squad

Meet the Squad


The selection is official and the news is out!


Meet our Art Squad:


Lyall Ware- Campbell

(19) he/him


Lyall is a proud Aboriginal man and the oldest of 6 siblings. His skill set is in digital media (film, photography, audio, music making) and he is passionate about setting up a local media centre. He has been working with the Far West Languages Centre based in Ceduna creating short documentaries and photography. Lyall hopes to improve his skills in digital media through both filming and photography. He also hopes to give back to the community and show the younger generation that there’s more to life.


Ashton Filmer

(23) he/him


Ashton experienced a very serious head on car collision on the 16th August 2013, which left him with huge amounts of broken bones in his legs and had him wheelchair bound for over 12months and with a permanent brain injury.  Some basic artistic skills were there before the accident however the major artistic streak came out due to a left side brain injury where Ashton’s creative part on his right side was realised.

Ashton now uses muralist and visual arts to express his talent. His art started as part of his rehabilitation at Hampstead Rehab Centre in Adelaide and Ashton has continued art further on a daily basis. Ashton would like to express creative cartoon murals further and produce these in his local community and nearby communities (Minnipa). Art is something Ashton really enjoys and would like to express it further and learn more talents in the process.


Belili Valkyrie

(20) she/her

Port Lincoln

Belili is a creative leader in her local community contributing her time to youth arts group Passionis Productions and their visual arts group and to MTC Dance. Belili was born in Port Lincoln but is a dual UK citizen. She sees herself as a citizen of the world but is deeply committed to supporting Port Lincoln to thrive in any way she can. Belili attended the Carclew and Country Arts SA Youth Arts Facilitator HotHouse in Whyalla.


Eliza Wuttke

(22) she/her

Port Lincoln

Eliza is inspired by art with purpose and has always been a maker, doer and creator. Throughout her childhood she dreamed of being an inventor extraordinaire and can usually be found in the shed, behind her sewing machine or experimenting in the kitchen. Eliza would love to see the development of a maker space in her community where people can connect, experiment and innovate. Eliza loves living in regional SA and values art and creativity for the wellness of herself and her community.


Matilda Sweeney

(19) she/her


Matilda is always making. She loves trying different art mediums and some of her favourites have been paper art, quilling, mosaics, land art, felting and textiles. Matilda is studying to be an early childhood teacher, loves travel, photography, viewing performances, going to concerts and visiting art galleries. Matilda wants to work with the local council to create some street or land art and she is especially interested in exploring mosaic furniture.


Nathan Woodrow

(18) he/him


Nathan is an entrepreneur and creative thinker. He founded clothing label Ryde Clothing when he was only 16, which now sells online and through six stores in South Australia and one in NSW. Nathan is interested in the intersection between business and creativity and wants to create a summer festival inspiring people to do what they love. He is also interested in exploring film and podcasting.


Ashleigh Darrie

(21) she/her

Encounter Bay

Ashleigh is a proud Kokatha woman who is passionate about contemporary Aboriginal art. She is a painter and make-up artist who loves everything glitter.  She discovered her love for art in 2015, shortly after graduating high school and has grown from there!

Ashleigh is interested in the idea of forming a ‘mural crew’ who travel from township to township, spreading colourful joy through rural communities. She has always believed that the best way to show communities that young people ‘aren’t the problem’ or aren’t ‘trouble makers’ is to show these young people making a difference IN the community, for everyone. This could be in the form of a youth advisory committee or a mural crew.


Isaac Doman

(19) he/him


Isaac is an emerging film-maker based on Kangaroo Island. He is currently writing a script about a young person who wishes to improve the world’s problems with clones, but the results prove to be the polar opposite. Isaac is also a keen photographer. Isaac was diagnosed with Autism and is proud of his unique perspectives and determination.


Zawadi Rashidi

(23) she/her

Mount Gambier

Zawa loves to dance and wants to share her passion for dancing. She is passionate about bridging the gap between her African community and the wider community of Mount Gambier and beyond. Zawa wants to create a dance & music video that will tell her story beginning as a one-year old refugee in the Congo and coming to Australia.



I am so excited about this cohort of creative young people and hope you are too.


What next for Art Squad?

Next week Lyall, Belili, Eliza and myself will be heading to Artlands, the national regional arts conference that happens every two years. We will be sharing some of our adventures on Carclew Insta Stories.

And after we get back from Artlands, we’ll be starting to kick off the rest of Art Squad – starting with weekly video calls (using Zoom) and fortnightly 1:1 check ins (on the phone).


#letstalkyoutharts #artsquad #alltheyes

Alysha Herrmann


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Beginning with consultation and building connections in 2017 - 2018, and then developing & delivering a creative program of projects, events, activites, initatives and mentoring 2018-2020


Creative outcomes by and with young people (aged 12-26)


Carclew & Country Arts SA with an invitation to other stakeholders and partners to come and play


Regional, rural & remote South Australia

The Creative Producer Regional Youth is a statewide role co-funded and managed by Carclew and Country Arts SA. The role of the Creative Producer Regional Youth is to nurture and support young people (aged 12-26) living in regional South Australia to explore and express their creative aspirations. Young people themselves know what they want to do and how they want to do it. The Creative Producer’s role is to be a listener, cheer squad, connector, collaborator, facilitator, champion and ally. Alysha Herrmann was appointed to the role of Creative Producer in late 2017, she is based from the Riverland region of South Australia. Alysha is an award winning writer, theatre-maker and community organiser in her own right.

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